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The opportunity to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is often a matter of income, economics and access to resources. In addition, many students simply believe challenging STEM courses are not for them due to a lack of self-efficacy in the face of ambiguity when faced with challenging courses. Very often, girls have a self-image of being poor in math and science resulting perpetuating negative stereotypes. Read more: American Association for the Advancement of Science http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2014/03/both-genders-think-women-are-bad-basic-math

 Unfortunately, in too many communities, especially those that are persistently underserved, serious gaps remain. Black and Latino students account for close to 40 percent of high school students, but constitute just a quarter of students taking AP courses and exams, and only 20 percent of enrollment in calculus classes. And just 68 percent of black students—only two-thirds—attend a high school that actually offers calculus. By comparison, 81 percent of white high school students have the option of taking calculus, as do 87 percent of Asian students. American Indian and Native Alaskan students are much less likely than students in other ethnic groups to attend high schools that even offer AP classes, calculus, or physics." US Dept. of Education, Oct 1, 2014